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Business Advisory Council Meeting

Change is Coming to the Appalachian Region

Kent Eldridge CEO Buckeye Rural ElectricCommunity leaders shared valuable insights on the current and emerging labor market and community updates, offering an overview of the economic landscape in southeastern Ohio and how expansion relates to preparing our students for the workforce.On October 25, 2023, the GVESC held an informative Business Advisory Council meeting at the Park's Edge in Jackson. The event brought together influential local business and community leaders as well as educational leaders. The gathering was catered by local establishments, Arch and Eddie's and Michael’s Ice Cream, showcasing the area's businesses who support our schools and communities by employing area high school and college students. Among the notable speakers were Shawn Yoder (EDxWORK), Kent Eldridge (CEO of Buckeye Rural Electric), Randy Evans (Mayor of Jackson), Anthony Brenner (Mayor of Wellston), Travis West (Vinton County OSU Extension), Bob Hood (Gallia County Chamber of Commerce), and Tony Montgomery (Pike County Commissioner). Montgomery shared that uranium will be enriched at the Gaseous Diffusion facility in Piketon, OH. by Centrus Energy Corp. for newer, more efficient nuclear reactors.

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